Would an e-bike work for this commute? (Please help avoid 2nd car!)

Electrically assisted bikes, trikes, etc.
Denis99
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Re: Would an e-bike work for this commute? (Please help avoid 2nd car!)

Postby Denis99 » 11 Aug 2018, 11:26pm

Bit of a vested interest here, I have my 10 month old Trek Super Commuter 9+ for sale.

This is the version with the NuVinci hub, pretty much as stock, even with a spare Bosch 500w battery.

Rang depends on your terrain, but I can typically get at least 40 miles living in hilly South Wales on a single battery charge.

Doubt if the range per day would be a problem, even with just one battery.

Let me know if you are interested, bike has been ridden about 1,700 miles.

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Re: Would an e-bike work for this commute? (Please help avoid 2nd car!)

Postby horizon » 13 Aug 2018, 10:04pm

Denis99 wrote:
Doubt if the range per day would be a problem, even with just one battery.



I'm wondering if it isn't the range per se that is the problem but a 20 mile commute, as others have said. It's the commute in "20 mile commute".
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Re: Would an e-bike work for this commute? (Please help avoid 2nd car!)

Postby Denis99 » 13 Aug 2018, 10:12pm

Possibly, but even in hilly South Wales , my riding, reasonably fit(ish) 63 year old, averages around 13 mph for 40 miles.

Not too worn out after this either.

Could work, if the poster took a measured approach and slowly increased his usage over a few weeks.

I used to commute about the same mileage when I was a little younger, but arthritis and some back pain have got the better of me now.

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Re: Would an e-bike work for this commute? (Please help avoid 2nd car!)

Postby DaveE128 » 13 Mar 2019, 3:40pm

Thanks everyone for your thoughts on this. I've managed to end up with a 12.5 mile commute (off road bits) or 16.5 miles all on road. I'm now looking into ebikes for this, as I struggled a bit with the first effort. The off-road bit seems to make finding a good e-commuter a little complicated for me, or at least require some compromises on comfort/mudguards - see new thread: viewtopic.php?f=55&t=128683

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Re: Would an e-bike work for this commute? (Please help avoid 2nd car!)

Postby Cyril Haearn » 14 Mar 2019, 6:03am

I would try to avoid an e-bike, could one get a train or bus part of the way?
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Re: Would an e-bike work for this commute? (Please help avoid 2nd car!)

Postby landsurfer » 14 Mar 2019, 6:59am

125 Honda motorbike or one of the Chinese clones .... and a good excuse to wear those leather jeans you have hidden in the wardrobe ... :D
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